Hermès exhibition to open in London

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The new Forever Leather exhibition will showcase and celebrate Hermès' relationship with leather.

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As part of the 175th anniversary celebrations for Hermès a new exhibition is set to open in London's elite Burlington Gardens.  Celebrating the brand's relationship with leather, it will showcase its rich history in working with the luxury hide - from its beginnings creating saddles to its current accessories range.

The exhibition will explore the many changes that Hermès has undergone since it was founded by Thierry Hermès in 1837. Now associated with print scarves and luxury handbags, it once only catered to riders who needed saddles and harnesses. Showcasing items from the Hermès back catalogue, including items commissioned by the Duke of Windsor for the Duchess, it's sure to be an interesting look back into the past of this iconic brand.

As Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Artistic Director and sixth generation family member explains: 'Sometimes I picture my ancestor Thierry Hermès back in 1837, his eyes lighting up as he breathes in and feels the leathers of the saddle and harness workshop he has just set up in Paris...the same olfactory joy thrills me today.'

In conjunction with the exhibition four new bags have also been designed, with all proceeds from sales going to charity.

The exhibition will take place at 6 Burlington Gardens from May 8 - 27

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